Surf’s up for nippers

Surf’s up for nippers

The sea conditions were described as “gnarly”. PHOTOS/JADE CVETKOV EMMA BROWN emma.brown@age.co.nz There was rain, wind, and limited sunshine, but that didn’t deter hundreds of youngsters from hitting up Riversdale Beach on Sunday. More than 200 nippers from all over...

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Change a-coming

Change a-coming

Wairarapa commuters at Carterton. PHOTO/FILE Train commuters to have their say Wairarapa train commuters will get to have their say on public transport later this year. Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Daran Ponter said public engagement for Wairarapa,...

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Helmet saves a life

Helmet saves a life

Grant Gastmeier, left with smashed motorcycle loaded up after a young driver came off it on his way to Lake Ferry. PHOTOS/KAREN COLTMAN Warning given to rural road users KAREN COLTMAN Karen.coltman@age.co.nz A full face helmet that “smashed” on impact is likely to be...

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New GPs for Greytown Medical

New GPs for Greytown Medical

Greytown Medical Centre GPs Rolando Perez, Arwen Mohr, operations manager Debrah Johns, and GP Don Simmers. PHOTO/ELI HILL ELI HILL eli.hill@age.co.nz The Greytown community can look forward to “much improved” access to medical services after two new doctors started...

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Welfare needs hard look

Welfare needs hard look

Blue, the beloved two-year-old pet was treated for gunshot wounds in March. PHOTO/FILE EMMA BROWN emma.brown@age.co.nz A stabbed puppy and a shot cat were some of the worst animal welfare cases in Wairarapa last year. And Wairarapa’s SPCA animal welfare inspector Ben...

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‘Boomer season’ for rabbits

‘Boomer season’ for rabbits

Rabbit populations are booming. PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Wairarapa lifestyle block owners are in the middle of a battle with a growing population of rabbits. Greater Wellington Regional Council has been inundated with calls from...

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Rural rescue

Rural rescue

Personnel from the three services work to free the woman from the car. PHOTO/MARCUS ANSELM Woman in serious condition MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz A woman was badly hurt in a car crash near Masterton on Friday. The driver, in her 50s, was the sole occupant of...

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Pukaha aligns with Oz zoos

Pukaha aligns with Oz zoos

An injured Koala being treated for burns at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park this week. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES In response to New Zealanders wanting to donate to Australian wildlife groups working to assist animals injured in the bush fires, Pukaha Mt Bruce National...

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Alleged abuse in care to be investigated

Alleged abuse in care to be investigated

An historic photo of the Salvation Army’s Cecilia Whatman Children’s Home. PHOTO/FILE An abuse survivor, from Masterton, is asking the Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate why a government agency failed to protect her when made aware of allegations she was being...

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Out of pocket due to ‘stupid’ driver

Out of pocket due to ‘stupid’ driver

Business owner Sandra Brooker outside her Carterton clothing and jewellery store, Boho Soul. PHOTOS/KAREN COLTMAN KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Sandra Brooker woke at 2.30am last Saturday to a loud bang caused by a ute smashing into the front verandah of her...

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Water problems continue in south

Water problems continue in south

The Ruamahanga River at Martinborough. PHOTO/FILE MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Investigations are ongoing after an estimated 90,000 litres of partially treated wastewater leaked into the Ruamahanga River in Martinborough. It’s the latest water problem to...

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Rathkeale old boy battling blazes

Rathkeale old boy battling blazes

Bushfires caused widespread damage to Kangaroo Island, South Australia. PHOTO/HENRY CAMERON MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz A former Rathkeale College student and Wairarapa cricket captain has joined the battle against Australia’s bushfires. Henry Cameron, 34,...

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Whitebait fishing restricted

Whitebait fishing restricted

Whitebaiter Garry O’Dwyer setting up for a catch in October 2019. PHOTO/MARCUS ANSELM MARCUS ANSELM marcus.anselm@age.co.nz Veteran Featherston whitebaiter Garry O’Dwyer has welcomed tighter controls on sales. The Government announced plans to tighten rules around...

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Rare katipo sighting at Onoke Spit

Rare katipo sighting at Onoke Spit

The female katipo [red stripe] seen at Onoke Spit. PHOTO/ANDREW SIMPSON KAREN COLTMAN karen.coltman@age.co.nz Last Friday, for the first time in more than 10 years, a katipo spider was seen at Onoke Spit, South Wairarapa. Sustainable Wairarapa member Jim O’Malley said...

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Water plan takes shape

Water plan takes shape

Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau announcing the funding at the Carterton Events Centre on Wednesday. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND But Government’s $7m gift only a drop in ocean Water project long overdue, says Mark ELI HILL...

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